Trichet ordered to appear at trial in new year

FRANCE - The French trial for misleading accounting at the Credit Lyonnais Bank, at which Central Bank governor Mr Jean-Claude Trichet has been ordered to appear, has been scheduled for January 2003 in Paris.

The trial, which is expected to run from January 6th to February 12th, could allow Mr Trichet time to clear his name before taking over as president of the European Central Bank (ECB), the Irish Times reported.

The current ECB president, Mr Wim Duisenberg, is due to step down in July 2003

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